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City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Phlebotomy

Basic Certificate (BC)

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This is a one-semester certificate program which leads to certification through the National Phlebotomy Association (NPA), the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), and the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT).           
The phlebotomist is an entry level health care worker. The position is responsible for drawing both venous and arterial blood specimens from patients and sending blood to the laboratory. In some cases, physician approval is required. Phlebotomists serve as the direct link between the patient and the laboratory. The laboratory technologist relies on the integrity and accuracy of the phlebotomist in procuring the proper specimens. Accurate diagnosis of a patient’s condition can depend on quality work. Phlebotomists can further their education and become laboratory technicians or technologists.           

Program Admission Requirements           

  • Submit a complete application to the Phlebotomy program.           
  • Provide an official high school transcript or GED certificate showing date of graduation or completion.
  • Take the college entrance examination (COMPASS).
  • Schedule a personal interview with program personnel.​
This program requires students to submit a separate application or take additional action before enrolling. You can learn more about the program and the application process here.

Details: Basic Certificate (BC)

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3 CH
Terminology For Medical Careers 3
Basic medical vocabulary for allied health professionals and others with minimal background in anatomy and physiology; includes study of the human body systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

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13 CH
Phlebotomy Practicum and Seminar I 5
This course provides principles of phlebotomy techniques and examines the phlebotomist's role as a member of the healthcare delivery team. The students will perform simulated phlebotomy procedures on campus and actual procedures in a clinical setting. Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, communications, interpersonal relations, professional behavior, safety requirements in the healthcare institution, venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques will be discussed. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:English 96 eligibility. Admission into the Phlebotomy Program.
Offered at: Malcolm X
Phlebotomy Practicum and Seminar II 8
This course provides the student with hands-on experience in both venous and capillary blood drawing in a clinical setting (i.e. hospital and ambulatory health care environment) and in the phlebotomy laboratory during clinical practicum. A minimum of 100 successful unsupervised venipuncture using standard equipment is required for the completion of this course. The students will perform simulated capillary punctures on campus to prepare students in a clinical setting. Topics such as stress management quality assurance and quality control, capillary puncture, continuation of medical terminology legal aspects of phlebotomy, data entry, and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), will be discussed. The student will also be trained on how to perform a basic 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admission into the Phlebotomy program.
Offered at: Malcolm X
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